DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am going to my husband's first Christmas party with his company. I have been informed that one of his employees thinks of himself as the smartest person in the company and lets you know it at every opportunity. Any suggestions for comebacks that are not immediately known as a letdown?
GENTLE READER: Does your husband know about this?
No, not about the braggart at the office. Of course he's the one who told you. But does he know about your plan to use his confidential complaint to antagonize one of his new colleagues?
Oh, yes, you wanted something subtle from Miss Manners. If it is too subtle, there is no point. If it is not, you will have insulted someone with whom your husband has to work.